The White Cliffs of Dover

The White Cliffs of Dover

Director: Clarence Brown Cast: Irene Dunne, Alan Marshal, Frank Morgan
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Overview

The White Cliffs of Dover

The White Cliffs of Dover is one of those overlong MGM wartime films that everyone seems to have seen a part of, but no one can remember the film as a sum total. Based on a poem by Alice Duer Miller, the story chronicles the trials and tribulations of one courageous woman through two world wars. Irene Dunne plays an American girl who, in 1914, falls in love with titled Englishman Alan Marshal. At the end of World War 1 in 1918, it is painfully clear that Marshal will not be returning from the battlefields. Remaining loyal to her husband, Irene vows to raise their child in England. Played by Roddy McDowell in his early scenes, Irene's son grows up to be Peter Lawford. At the outbreak of World War 2, Irene despairs at the thought of losing another loved one, but Lawford convinces her that his dad would have wanted him to answer his country's call to the colors. While working as a Red Cross volunteer, Irene finds that she must tend her own mortally wounded son. Unable to save his life, she is grief-stricken, but is gratified with the notion that neither her husband nor her boy have died in vain. Like many films of its ilk and era, White Cliffs of Dover struck a responsive chord with filmgoers, to the tune of a $4 million profit. Watch for a touching scene between Roddy McDowell and 12-year-old Elizabeth Taylor; 19 years later, lifelong friends Roddy and Liz would be playing mortal enemies in Cleopatra (1963).

Product Details

Release Date: 01/19/2010
UPC: 0883316228289
Original Release: 1944
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 2:06:00
Sales rank: 25,229

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Irene Dunne Susan Dunn Ashwood
Alan Marshal Sir John Ashwood
Frank Morgan Hiram Porter Dunn
Roddy McDowall John Ashwood II, as a Boy
Ralph Morgan Actor
Van Johnson Sam Bennett
Peter Lawford John Ashwood II, at age 24
C. Aubrey Smith Colonel
Elizabeth Taylor Betsy (age 10)
May Whitty Nanny
Gladys Cooper Lady Jean Ashwood
John Warburton Reggie
Jill Esmond Rosamund
Brenda Forbes Gwennie
Norma Varden Mrs. Bland
Harry Allen English Cabby
Wilson Benge Chauffeur
Anita Bolster Miller
Matthew Boulton Immigration Officer
Edmund Breon Maj. Bancroft
Clifford Brooke Indian Major in Boarding House
Charles Coleman Capt. Davis
Clyde Cook Jennings
Alec Craig Billings
Guy D'Ennery Curate in Boarding House
George Davis Boots
Kay Deslys Blonde
Tom Drake American Soldier
Isobel Elsom Mrs. Bancroft
Herbert Evans Footman
Emily Fitzroy Spinster in Boarding House
Arthur E. Gould-Porter Capt. Portage
Ethel Griffies Woman on Train
Lumsden Hare The Vicar
Keith Hitchcock Duke of Waverly
Charles Irwin Farmer Kenney
George Kirby Old Man
Molly Lamont Helen
Nelson Leigh British Naval Officer
Doris Lloyd Plump Lady at Boarding House
June Lockhart Betsy (age 18)
Miles Mander Maj. Loring
Emily Massey Elegant Lady in Boarding House
Lal Chand Mehra Indian Student in Boarding House
Leo Mostovoy Bandmaster
Gavin Muir Capt. Griffiths
Steven Muller Gerhard
Jean Prescott Mrs. Kenney
Arthur Shields Benson
Ian Wolfe Skipper
James Menzies Telegraph Boy

Technical Credits
Clarence Brown Director
Jack Dawn Makeup
Randall Duell Art Director
George Folsey Cinematographer
Sidney Franklin Producer
George Froeschel Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
Irene Costumes/Costume Designer
Al Jennings Editor
Robert J. Kern Editor
Jan Lustig Screenwriter
Jacques Mesereau Set Decoration/Design
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Herbert Stothart Score Composer
Claudine West Screenwriter
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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The White Cliffs of Dover 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Kansas_tornado More than 1 year ago
All Irene Dunne movies are special because of Irene Dunne. This one, however, is one of the best. It contains everything one hopes for in a classic movie. I cannot recommend it enough.